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Lockington's Everyday Fiji ... Life Goes On

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Allen Lockington is a self-employed customs agent and business consultant who has regular articles published in Fiji. I thank Allen for permission to reprint some of them in this political blog. They remind us that life goes on, whatever the political situation. And it's good to know that.

            Peace Park

Many years ago I used to visit a little park which is in a secluded place. It had nice benches and the park was about the size of one quarter of a football field or a bit smaller. There was a small swimming pool at one end where we used to go for a therapeutic dip.

Those who visited the park with me came there because they wanted to be alone to just sit and read a book or just sit with their eyes closed and meditate. Or just sit and do nothing.

The trees are neatly trimmed to fit the small park. And in my mind's eye I envisioned a little water fountain bubbling in the middle flowing off into the undergrowth and whispering to us all "be at peace, heal, be at peace.&quo…

A Bucketful of Negatives by Guy Thellfell

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Guy Threllfell is a pseudonym. Hence my choice of the illustration. He is strongly anti the Bainimarama government though he says he was  once a supporter. His interepretation of past events and his choice of references would suggest this is not so. I think he is just being polite.  I felt his views  warranted a full article even though most of his arguements have been taken up by others and have appeared many, many times on the anti-blogs.  I invited him to bring his ideas together, to itemise the Baiimarama governments pluses and minuses, and offer his ideas on the way forward.  The best way to present his views with some comment from me seems to be by publishing our correspondence, so here it is.  To maintain integrity of sequence I have published his "rough"  and "tidied up" article, and apologize in advance if I've left out part of the exchange.  Guy welcomes your comments. I hope you will focus on the way forward.

Links to the Davis and Robie Papers

Graham Davis reports on the recent PINA meeting
David Robie's paper on peace journalism in the Journl of Pacific Studiesg
 David Robie's report on the recent PINA meeting  

Ratu Tevita Mara, Military Musical Chairs and ANZ Policy

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Rather old, but still relevant observations

By a Reader

I want to share my views on the Army and Roko Ului (Ratu Tevita Mara) and the failings of Kiwi and Aussie Diplomacy.

Roko Ului  is a hypocrite of the highest order. He has stood next to Frank since 2006. Some of the men from his regiment were responsible for the murder of Nimilote Verebasaga in Tailevu. Now he wants to use words like Democracy and Rule of Law to show people what an evil man Frank is. If he didn't know that before 2006 as a mid-ranking officer, his eyes should surely have opened then. Roko Ului was in command of the 3FIR (3rd Fiji Infrantry Regiment). It is the single largest body of active service soldiers in Fiji, with a  large armoury and operational planners who can issue unit orders to deploy men to shut down a functioning government. Without 3FIR, Frank is toothless.

WEEKEND READINGAllen  Lockington Column • Ratu Tevita Mara, Military Musical Chairs and ANZ Policy • A Bucketful of Negatives by "Guy Threlfell" • Graham Davis reports on the recent PINA meeting •David Robie's paper on peace journalism at the PINA meeting.

News and Comments Thursday 26 April 2012

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK. Unforgiveness and Vengeance Cold, Desolate Places. 
“ The past still weighs heavily on us and many may find it difficult or impossible to forgive and forbear.  And it is true that it cannot be forced, imposed or usurped.  It is the prerogative of the victim and those who have been wronged.  But the state of unforgiveness and vengeance is a cold, desolate place in which no one should linger too long.  I have no mandate to speak for anyone but myself and I do so from compassion for both sides in our schism.”  -- Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi at the January book launch of Notebook on Constitution Making and Reforms by Constitution Commission Chairman Yash Ghai and others.

CARR TO VISIT. Australian Foreign Minister will be part of the Forum Ministerial Contact Group that will arrive in Fiji next week. He will speak with a wide range of Government and other people in order to test whether they are "authentic in their desire to see a proper constitutional arrangement and robus…

The Military and NGOs in Today's Fiji

Colonel Mosese Tikoitoga criticises  the Fiji Women's Forum, and a flood of letters in the Fiji media take exception to his criticism • Peni Moore, an NGO leader, is appointed to the Constitution Commission. An anti-Government reader calls her a “junta supporter” and rubbished the Commission  • Peni answers Tikoitoga and her critic.  • Fr Kevin Barr reminds Col. Tikoitonga and all of us on the essential roles of NGOs in today's Fiji. • Peni's critic, “Says it all” and I exchange words.

News and Comments Monday 23 April 2012

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        Peni Moore Fifth Commissioner 
The PM has announced the name of the final member of the five-member constitutional commission. It is Women’s and children’s rights and community activist, Penelope (Peni) Moore.

A veteran of the civil society and NGO movement, Ms Moore worked with SPCA for years, after which she became the first co-ordinator for the Fiji Women’s Rights Movement from 1987 to 1993. Since then she has been the creative director at Women’s Action for Change …